US Diplomats Warn Bush, Sharon
- ACTION ALERT: New York Times Ignores Letter from 60 US Diplomats
Please contact the New York Times: 212-556-7652 / public@...
Ask them to print the story on the over 60 US former diplomats who
have sent a letter blasting Bush for his support of Sharon, saying
that this "is costing the United States credibility and friends" and
is placing ``U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs
overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position.''
(The story is buried on their website under the category "More News
Fom AP": http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-US-Mideast-
Statements from American former diplomats are perhaps even more
newsworthy than those of British diplomats. (The New York Times
printed an article on a similar letter:
This is highly important news; people all over the world including
Israel are learning of it; American citizens should as well. (e.g.
South Korea, New Zealand, UK, etc.)
Not carrying this type of story lends credibility to charges that the
NYT possesses a pro-Israel slant in its news coverage.
[Note: The full text of this letter is below. It falls far short of
what actually needs to be said in reference to Israel by America.
It's a tenuous but good start. - WVNS Editor]
U.S. Middle East Policy
Former US Diplomats' Letter Criticizing Bush's Mideast Policy
From the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
May 4, 2004
Sixty former US diplomats, many of them high ranking, sent the
following letter criticizing President George W Bush's mideast policy.
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Dear Mr. President:
We former US diplomats applaud our 52 British counterparts who
recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair criticizing his
Middle East policy and calling on Britain to exert more influence
over the United States. As retired foreign service officers we care
deeply about our nation's foreign policy and US credibility in the
world. At the request of our government and military colleagues, we
have added their names as well.
We also are deeply concerned by your April 14 endorsement of Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to reject the rights of
three million Palestinians, to deny the right of refugees to return
to their homeland, and to retain five large illegal settlement blocs
in the occupied West Bank.
This plan defies UN Security Council resolutions calling for Israel's
return of occupied territories. It ignores international laws
declaring Israeli settlements illegal. It flouts UN Resolution 194,
passed in 1948, which affirms the right of refugees to return to
their homes or receive compensation for the loss of their property
and assistance in resettling in a host country should they choose to
do so. And it undermines the road map for peace drawn up by the
Quartet, including the US.
Finally, it reverses longstanding American policy in the Middle East.
Your meeting with Sharon followed a series of intensive negotiating
sessions between Israelis and Americans, but which left out
In fact, you and Prime Minister Sharon consistently have excluded
Palestinians from peace negotiations. Former Palestinian Information
Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo voiced the overwhelming reaction of people
around the world when he said, "I believe President Bush declared the
death of the peace process today."
By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the
possibility of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the United
States is not an even-handed peace partner. You have placed US
diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs overseas in an
untenable and even dangerous position.
Your unqualified support of Sharon's extra-judicial assassinations,
Israel's Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in
occupied territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon's unilateral
plan are costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends.
This endorsement is not even in the best interests of the State of
It is not too late to reassert American principles of justice and
fairness in our relations with all the peoples of the Middle East.
Support negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, with the
United States serving as a truly honest broker.
A return to the time-honored American tradition of fairness will
reverse the present tide of ill will in Europe and the Middle East-
even in Iraq. Because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the core
of the problems in the Middle East, the entire region and the
world will rejoice along with Israelis and Palestinians when the
killing stops and peace is attained.
Andrew I. Killgore, Ambassador to Qatar, 1977-1980
Richard H. Curtiss, chief inspector, U.S. Information Agency
Colbert C. Held, Middle East Regional Officer
Thomas J. Carolan, Consul General, Turkey, 1988-1992
C. Edward Bernier, Counselor of Embassy for Information and Culture,
Donald A. Kruse, American Consul in Jerusalem
Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq and
John Powell, Admin Counselor of Embassy in Lebanon, 1975
John Gunther Dean, Ambassador to India
James Akins, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Talcott Seelye, Ambassador to Syria
Eugene Bird, Counselor of Embassy in Saudi Arabia
Richard H. Nolte, Ambassador to Egypt
Ray Close, Chief of Station Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1971-1979
Shirl McArthur, Commercial Attache, Thailand
David Fredrick, Country Director Peace Corps Morocco 1986-1990
Bill Rugh, Ambassador to UAE and Yemen
James Curran, Deputy Chief of Mission Togo 1973-1975
Joseph Cheevers, Office of Inspectors General 1987
Robert L. M. Nevitt, Minister for Press Affairs for the U.N.
John Brady Kiesling, Political Counselor, Greece
E. William Tatge, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, France
Henry Precht, Deputy Chief of Mission, Egypt
John O. Sutter, FSO, The Asia Foundation's Representative for
James J. Halsema, Counselor for Public Affairs, Egypt
Nancy LeRoy, Public Affairs Officer, Mexico
Thomas M. Martin, USIA Congressional Liaison Officer,
Robert C. McLaughlin, USIA Madrid
Edward Alexander, Counselor for Public Affairs, East Berlin, 1976-
Roman Lotsberg, Admin Officer, Office of European Affairs
Dr. Shirley Hill Witt, Cultural Affairs Officer, Zambia, 1994-1996
Arthur L. Lowrie, Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief, U.S.
Carleton Coon, Ambassador to Nepal 1981-1984
Jane Coon, Ambassador to Bangladesh, 1981-1984
George B. Roberts, Ambassador to Guyana, 1979-1981
Robert V. Keeley, Ambassador to Greece
John E. Marsh, First Secretary, Embassy Kuwait, 1971-1973
Thomas W. Fina, Consul General, Milan, 1973-1979
Harland H. Eastman, Consul General, Tangier, Morocco, and Tel Aviv,
Arthur Mudge, Director, USAID Mission to Sudan, 1980-1983
Ronald I. Spiers, Undersecretary of State for Management
Albert L. Seligmann, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, 1981-1983
Orin D. Parker, President, America-Middle East Educational Services,
Robert C. Amerson, Counselor for Public Affairs, Italy
Christian Freer, Colonel, AUS ret., former chief of CIA stations and
War Plans staff
Thomas J. Hirschfeld, Deputy U.S. Rep MBFR Negotiations
Edward R. M. Kane, Deputy Chief of Station, CIA, Iraq
Col. Richard Hobbes, US Army Retired, Politico-Military Adviser to
Col. David Antoon, US Air Force, Retired
Brig. General Augustine A. Verrengia, USAF Ret.
Greg Thielmann, Director, Office for Strategic Proliferation Military
Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Robin Berrington, Cultural Attache, Japan
Gary S. Usrey, Deputy Chief of Mission, Morocco
Owen Roberts, Ambassador to Togo
Chas W. Freeman, Jr. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Assistant Secretary
of Defense, 1993-1994
Edwin Paul Kennedy, Jr., Regional Affairs Officer for N. African,
Near Eastern, and S. Asian Affairs, USIA
Thomas J. Scotes, Ambassador to Yemen, 1975-1978
Michael Mennard, Ph.D., Regional Public Affairs Officer, India
Francois M. Dickman, Director Arabian Peninsula Affairs 1972-76,
Ambassador to UAE 1976-79 and Kuwait 1979-83
Terrell E. Arnold, Former Deputy Director Office of Counterterrorism
and Consul General, Brazil
Edy Korthals Altes, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Madrid 1983-1986
Mr. Gerben Meihuizen (The Hague) former Netherlands Ambassador in
Syria, Saudi Arabia and Algeria
Former Congressman Paul Findley (R-IL)
Robert Norberg, Director ARAMCO, ret.
Bishop John William Assemby of Yahweh
William Hughes, WWII veteran, retired engineer
Clyde A. Farris
Mary Ann Schwab, teacher, voter
Rev. J. Martin Bailey, Consultant to the Common Global Ministries
Henry E. Kydd, retired Army Sergeant, director of homeless shelter,
Dr. Edna Homa Hunt
David Wade, Ph.D, Researcher
E. Faye Williams, Esq.
Koen Stork, Netherlands Ambassador in Bucarest
W. Lance Haynes, Professor of Speech and Media Studies, University of
David S. Dodge, President, American University of Beirut, ret.
Mrs. Frederick G. Roberts, widow of Frederick Roberts, CIA, Turkey
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